Mumbai: Australian batsman Steve Smith probably played some of the best knocks of his life in the ongoing Ashes series. His performance has been widely praised all over the world. But, throughout the series, he has been taunted and booed for his role in the 2018 sandpaper-gate scandal.
Steve Smith scored an astonishing 671 runs at an average of 134.2, including three hundreds and a double hundred, despite missing England's one-wicket win in the third Test at Headingley with a concussion.
On Sunday, after winning the fourth Ashes Test, the Australian players were in a jubilant mood as they had retained the Ashes. Their celebrations began on the ground itself after the ceremony. World’s number one Test batsman, Steve Smith, was also in a celebratory mood. In an apparent bid to mock England’s tail-ending batsman, Jack Leach, Smith donned a pair of glasses. It may be because of Leach’s heroics in the third Ashes Test where he stood at one end and allowed Ben Stokes to dictate the result.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery... pic.twitter.com/rDz1u9acW3— Specsavers UK (@Specsavers) September 9, 2019
This celebration of Steve Smith received mixed reactions on social media as some people stated that his action was warranted as he has facing criticism throughout the series even after performing splendidly. Others say that he shouldn’t have done such a thing after personally going through a scandal.
Here’s how Twitter reacted
Steve Smith just been taking the piss out of Jack Leach by putting on glasses and shadow batting left handed in the middle of the team huddle.— David Coverdale (@dpcoverdale) September 8, 2019
England fans are rattled 🤣🤣— बादल (@dark_clouds4) September 9, 2019
Steve Smith mocking Leach pic.twitter.com/k3Jq4vHkDh
How to ruin winning the ashes? By taking the piss out the other teams players! Smith wearing glasses and taking the piss out of leach sums him up! #ashes— Hugh Calloway (@HughCalloway) September 9, 2019
Biggest insult to Jake Leach 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 pic.twitter.com/uJMCw1unw0— Steven Smith fan (@thevipersden) September 9, 2019
They’ve been booing the shit out of him all series. Who really cares even if Steve Smith was imitating Jack Leach? Everyone’s so precious. #ashes— Jon Tuxworth (@Tuxy81) September 10, 2019
Steve Smith is a massive cunt. I hope Jack Leach throws sandpaper at Smith at every given opportunity https://t.co/vybIjJ779Q— Joe (@JblincoTHFC) September 8, 2019
Smith taking the piss out of leach hahaahhahahahahahah pic.twitter.com/isutm01EED— NuggzAF (@NUGGZ26) September 9, 2019
Jack Leach mimicked his 1* when England won a classic.— Tom Albrighton (@tmalbrghtn) September 8, 2019
Steve Smith, a cheat, celebrated by openly mocking a fellow professional.
Some people are just classier than others. https://t.co/rFuy1JYfTH
So Steve Smith, this “good lad” who’s served his time who we’re all supposed to feel sorry for and not boo, celebrated tonight by putting glasses on and taking the piss out of Jack Leach! The man is nothing but a c*%t amongst a team of pricks! #CheatingBastards— Jonathan Merrick (@SheffieldGunner) September 8, 2019